Thursday 7/9/20 – Potential Tropical System Fri/Sat

Good morning!

With mostly sunny skies, and a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon but dry conditions most likely prevailing, expect a high around 92, with a light wind. Combined with dew points in the low to mid 70s, the heat today will lead to heat index values of 95 to 100 at times. Try to limit your activity outdoors if possible and stay cool. Tonight will be partly cloudy and 71, with a calm wind.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high around 84. A few showers and storms are possible during the daytime hours, with a wind turning southeast at 5-10 mph toward the evening. Isolated areas of heavy rainfall are possible Friday ahead of the main rainfall from the low pressure off the Carolinas that will likely turn into a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Fay at some point today or tomorrow. The exact location of the heaviest rainfall is subject to some change, although the odds favor somewhere on the order of 1 to 2 inches of rain locally and a higher potential for over 2 inches of rain to our west. A significant impact from wind is unlikely, although Friday night and Saturday, a few isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible with a few damaging wind gusts and perhaps an isolated tornado possible somewhere in southern New England. Saturday is likely a washout, although it’s not impossible that things could dry out toward the late evening if the system moves quickly enough. I’ll have more information on the system tonight or tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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